West Indies thus bring an end to their nine-match losing streak. They would be relieved to get their first points while Thailand won't be overly disappointed. Their batting needs to be worked upon and they'd be good to give the tougher teams the fight.
Stafanie Taylor: "It's special for them, as she said. I'm sure they'll get better with time. It wasn't great when we played for India and Australia. Our bowlers bowled really well, especially Shamila Connell, who has been working with Courtney Walsh in the nets. We always look at the dot-ball percentage for the last few months and that's something we're working on."
Sornnarin Tippoch: "Actually we wanted to get around 120 but couldn't do so. We'll try to get over 100. The fast bowlers bowled short and we will have to bat better, something we will learn from this game. Yes we are working on areas to get runs. I think we are a strong bowling and fielding side. We will try our best every game. Too much enjoy! We were waiting for this moment for a long time. So happy to be here. Proud of the way we played."
Stafanie Taylor is the player of the match for her allround efforts: "I think I was feeling good with the ball, but with the bat I felt I couldn't get it off the square. Getting over the line is what I and Shemaine Campbelle spoke about. We don't know a lot of the Thailand bowlers. So we have to take our time, to get used to the pitch as well. We didn't spend much time in the middle due to the rain."
Stafanie Taylor's presence was always an assuring one for West Indies and she shouldered the responsibility of taking the side home. Thailand fought their way with some good display but Taylor's 53-run stand with Shemaine Campbelle (25 not out) sealed the deal for them. Taylor finished unbeaten on 26.
Nattaya Boochatham as well as Suleeporn Laomi were good with the ball, although they didn't have the wickets to show for the effort. All in all, not a bad display by the Thai girls in their first T20 World Cup game.
West Indies 80/3 in 16.4 overs, win by seven wickets.
Shemaine Campbelle sweeps Nattaya Boochatham behind square on the leg side to get West Indies' T20 World Cup campaign off with a win. Saraya Loteh's 12-run over, the 16th of the innings was pretty much the final nail.
Thailand 48/3 in 12 overs, need 31 in 48.
It's not always that you can keep Stafanie Taylor quiet. But Suleeporn Laomi bowled six dot balls in a row to her. The Windies skipper couldn't get off strike and always found Sornnarin Tippoch at covers.
West Indies 41/3 in 10 overs, need 38 more.
West Indies are playing as if they're chasing a mountain. But Thailand's fielding has a big role to play in that. Thailand also had a similar score at the halfway mark in their innings. Can they believe? They need Stafanie Taylor...
West Indies 27/3 in 7 overs, need 52 in 78.
Suleeporn Laomi has a rocket arm and Deandra Dottin has learnt it the hard way. Stafanie Taylor tapped one to the off side and set off for a quick run. But Laomi got to the ball quickly from backward point and fired a flat throw to Nannapat Koncharoenkai, who did the rest.
A ball later, Chanida Sutthiruang's vicious in-swing almost trapped Shemaine Campbelle. She was given the marching orders but the DRS saved her.
West Indies 24/2 in 5.3 overs, need 55 more.
Soraya Lateh gets her first international wicket and it's the big one of Hayley Matthews. She fires an arm ball in line of the stumps, Matthews looks to smash it trough the on side. Misses and finds the woodwork disturbed. She goes for 16 off 18.
West Indies 19/1 in 4.1 overs, need 60 more.
Sornnarin Tippoch had asked everyone to watch Thailand's fielding as well and that's what has got them the first wicket. Lee-Ann Kirby pushed one towards short third man and Hayley Matthews rushed in for a quick run. Kirby was late in responding. In the interim, Naruemol Chaiwai picked up the ball and scored a direct hit at the bowler's end to find Kirby well short.
West Indies 10/0 in 2 overs, need 69 more.
Soraya Lateh was bowling for the first time in 15 T20Is. She was on the mark for a large part of the over. But a wayward ball down the leg side meant that she had to bowl an extra one, which proved costly. Hayley Matthews crashed it through cover-point to get the first boundary for the Windies.
West Indies 2/0 in 1 over.
Nattaya Boochatham began the proceedings for Thailand. She got nice drift away from the right-handers. It seemed as if Nannapat Koncharoenkai failed to grab an edge off Lee-Ann Kirby's bat but Snicko confirmed that there was no edge.
Stafanie Taylor spoke about restricting Thailand below 100 and that's exactly what West Indies have done. The debutants were first kept quiet by the seamers and then, even though they were relatively at ease against spinners, they weren't allowed to run away with the game. There were only three fours hit in the innings, which says a lot.
Thailand consider themselves a bowling team, so it'll be interesting to see how they fare bowling to WI. The problem is that Stafanie Taylor & co are unlikely to feel any pressure at all chasing only 78.— Raf Nicholson (@RafNicholson) February 22, 2020
Think I would have bowled first up, if I'd been Thailand. #T20WorldCup
Should be an easy chase for the Caribbean side. We'll be back shortly.
Anisa Mohammed has a chat with Nasser Hussain: "I think it's a good start. IT's always good to come out and contribute. We were happy to see some bounce today. It was good fast bowling and fielding today. We have done some research on the Thailand team and that's what we executed. It's about winning, so want the girls to get over the line."
Thailand 78/9 in 20 overs.
From 56/3, Thailand have lost their way to be restricted to a very low score. They lost 20/4 in their last five overs.
Thailand 60/6 in 16 overs.
Stafanie Taylor gets herself into the attack and immediately finds success. Sornnarin Tippoch tries to slog one over the mid-wicket region but ends up playing it on to the stumps for 1.
She then got another one on the last ball. Onnicha Kamchomphu tried to cut one but ended up getting it off the top edge to Lee-Ann Kirby, who took a catch diving forward at short third man.
Thailand 56/4 in 14.1 overs.
Chanida Sutthiruang falls, in a bid to hit Hayley Matthews out of the ground. She ends up smashing one straight back to the bowler for 3.
Meanwhile, Anisa Mohammed's spell has ended and her figures read 4-0-15-1.
Thailand 46/3 in 11.2 overs.
Anisa Mohammed tossed one up around off, with mid-off inside the circle. Naruemol Chaiwai looked to go over the top but ended up skying it. Aaliyah Alleyne took it safely at mid-off to end Chaiwai's stay for 13.
Thailand 41/2 in 10 overs.
Thailand will be satisfied, but West Indies will be happy. Although Thailand lost a couple of quick wickets upfront, Naruemol Chaiwai and Nannapat Koncharoenkai have strung 30 runs together. The going hasn't been fast but they're hanging in there.
The introduction of spin seems to have eased their life a bit. Can West Indies pick wickets quickly or will we see some acceleration from the Thai batters?
Thailand 31/2 in 7 overs.
The chest-high bowling by the West Indies pacers surely caused discomfort to the Thailand batters. They largely struggled to put those away. Nannapat Koncharoenkai got a nice full toss, which she duly despatched to the fence.
However, the introduction of Afy Fletcher in the attack gave them joy, as seen from the strokes that Koncharoenkai and Naruemol Chaiwai played. They managed to take four off that over.
Thailand are looking comfortable against spin, expectedly, than against seam, where the ball has been rising around chest high. They aren't bossing the spinners but good to see some positive attempts at playing shots against Afy Fletcher and Anisa Mohammed. #T20WorldCup #WIvTHA— S. Sudarshanan (@Sudarshanan7) February 22, 2020
Thailand 11/2 in 3.2 overs.
Nattakan Chantham is the second to be back to the hut. Shamilia Connell delivered this well outside off. Chantham has been fishing outside off. She escaped many times but not on this occasion. The extra bounce means that the outside edge is taken. Easy catch for Shemaine Campbelle, the wicket-keeper. Chantham gone for 9.
Thailand 7/1 in 2.2 overs.
Nattaya Boochatham falls, giving Chinelle Henry the first wicket. It was full and outside off. Boochatham goes at it without much footwork. Ends up slicing it straight to Deandra Dottin at backward point. She goes for 2.
Thailand 7/1 in 2 overs.
West Indies have begun with two seamers - Chinelle Henry and Shamilia Connell. Both have managed to get good purchase from the track, something Nasser Hussain said earlier.
But Nattakan Chantham has managed to hit the first four by a Thailand player in T20 World Cups, when she timed one through cover-point off Connell.
Lisa Sthalekar talks about the conditions, saying, "It's 29 degrees and windy. The dimensions are pretty small and so we will certainly see sixes galore."
Nasser Hussain looks at the pitch and says, "There is good even covering of the grass, the ball will come on to the bat. Here the seamer and quicker bowlers will like the conditions. My suggestion will to hit through the line, eyeing the range from cow corner to extra cover. The danger at the WACA will be the top edge due to the sweeps, reverse sweep and the cross batted shots."
Sornnarin Tippoch calls it right and Thailand will bat first.
Sornnarin Tippoch: We'll look to bat first because that is our stronger suit. We will give our best. Results don't matter, we will look to play our heart out. You can look at our fielding, bowling and our batting. We want to play hard.
Stafanie Taylor: We would have bowled first anyway. We are very much ready. The lead-up wasn't great. We are happy that we could get some warm-up games. We will look to restrict them to under 100.
TOSS: Thailand have won the toss and elected to bat first.@ThailandCricket are all set to make their debut at the @T20WorldCup.— Women's CricZone (@WomensCricZone) February 22, 2020
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It's a happy day, for more than one reason. Firstly, there can't be any other reason when you are about to see Thailand in action. They bring these happy vibes whenever they are around. As captain Sornnarin Tippoch said before the start of the tournament, they are all to be watched out for, instead of one or two individuals. Remember it is their debut at the biggest stage. So many eyes from all corners of the world will be on them, just to see what they have to offer, apart from happiness of course.
Their opponents carry with them a fun-loving vibe, too. Dance, music, food, drinks and of course, the legacy of fast bowling, all come to mind whenever you think of West Indies. However, Stafanie Taylor, ahead of this clash, said that her team will go all guns blazing against Thailand and not take them lightly. They have made the semis of the T20 World Cup every single time except the inaugural edition. But they are heading into this competition with a nine-match losing streak.
This match between a happy team and a fun-loving side promises to be a gleeful one on the outset. And yes, the second reason for a happy day is that this is the first of a double-header - New Zealand take on Sri Lanka later in the day - on this Super Saturday! Sit back, relax and enjoy, as I, S. Sudarshanan, bring you the live blog for the day.
West Indies survive Thailand scare to start T20 World Cup campaign on a winning noteWest Indies pulled off a scare, thanks to Stafanie Taylor’s allround display, as they beat a spirited Thailand by seven wickets to start their T20 World Cup, 2020 campaign on a winning note in a Group B encounter at the WACA in Perth on Saturday (February 22). They thus bring their nine-match losing streak to an end. Chasing a lowly 79, 2016 champions West Indies were dealt early blows losing three wickets for just 27 runs on board inside seven overs. Lee-Ann Kirby (three), who is making an international comeback after a long hiatus of 12 years, was the first…
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